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Make your Grandmother Happy – Get Her SIRIUS

Friday, August 14th, 2009
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Our audience skews a bit young, after all, the average satellite radio listener is 43 years old, and being an internet store, our average customer might be younger still.

Since we don’t think of older people and satellite radio together usually, I want to fill you in on a secret.  Your grandparents will FLIP OUT if you get them SIRIUS for a gift.  For example, take my Nana.  Satellite radio is perfect for her because she:

  1. has some time to kill, especially lately, as she has been recovering from shoulder surgery
  2. is used to listening to the radio a lot, most of her life has been spent during the years when FM radio was a major form of entertainment
  3. loves music (and news) and wants to access the ever-proliferating amount of content, but has NO PATIENCE for figuring out complicated technologies like internet radio, ipods, itunes, etc.  The genius of satellite radio for her is that it puts modern technology into a familiar interface.

I attached a voice mail message that she left me a couple days ago (on my birthday) where she talks about how much she likes the Tivoli Sirius table radio that I sent her a few weeks ago. Take a listen.

SIRIUS radio is a great gift for grandparents everywhere.

Nana’s MP3

Me and My Nana in Door County

Me and My Nana in Door County

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The TSS-Radio Logo Painted Atop our Roof

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009
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Here at TSS-Radio. We wanted to paint our 6000 square foot roof with our logo. That way the next time Google Maps did a satellite shot our logo would appear.

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It was easier said than done. Harper spearheaded the measurements and the direction of the project, and with Tish, Josh and Jimmy’s help formed the outline of our logo using masking tape on the roof. Matt, Taylor, Jimmy, and Josh all spent time priming and painting the logo. It took about 3 coats of paint and we are all proud of the accomplishment and the final product. So if you ever happen to fly above us on a commercial plane just keep an eye out for the giant TSS-Radio logo.


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A Look at Local Chicago Install Shop: ShowTime Audio

Saturday, July 11th, 2009
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I took a trip down to our local install shop and good friends, ShowTime Audio, and had a little chat with the owner Jerry.


I asked Jerry a few questions dealing with Satellite Radio and Installation, here is what I got:

Josh from TSS-Radio: How many years has ShowTime Audio been in business?

Jerry from Showtime Audio: We have been in business for over 10 years.

Josh: Do you guarantee your work?

Jerry: All our work carries a lifetime guarantee.

Josh: What type of services do you offer?

Jerry: We can do anything! Cars, Truck, SUV, Boats Motorcycles and ATVs basically we do it all. We even decked out a power wheels car(which can be found HERE).

Josh: Have you ever worked on celebrity cars? or other famous work?

Jerry: We’ve done projects for Twista,Criss Angel, Jerry Azumah, Shawn Marion, Snoop Dogg and more.

Josh: If I was in a a different town, let says Miami or LA, how would I find a good local install shop?

Jerry: Pictures. Simply look for pictures of past work, if they aren’t proud of their past work-there’s a problem.

Josh: Ok so I bring in my car to your shop, what is the turnaround time for a Sportster 5 install?

Jerry: You have to get the FM Direct Adapter, really that’s a first step, but I could get you out of here in about an hour. Maybe more if you want some customizing.

Josh: If my car was a Lease, should I be worried about Satellite Radio installation?

Jerry: No worries-anything we do, we can remove and leave no trace that it was even there.

Josh: Here in Chicago, do you get a lot of people asking for Satellite Radio?

Jerry: People really value a great service, we get a solid amount of requests for Satellite Radio. People on boats in the water don’t want to struggle finding an FM station and when we trick out the nice cars, they want to have a non-stop quality sound coming from the stereo-which Satellite Radio provides.

Josh: Where would you like to see Satellite Radio in the future?

Jerry: Video, it would be great for them to expand the video channels.

Josh: What types of Satellite Radio can you install?

Jerry: We can install the portable units as well as the fully integrated In-Dash options.

Josh:What would a standard Plug and Play SIRIUS receiver cost to be installed on standard sedan?

Jerry: It would cost about $100 to be fully installed

Josh:If a customer would like satellite radio, do they often already know what they want?

Jerry: Yes, they usually already have something picked out or already purchased.

Josh:Is there much installation difference between SIRIUS and XM?

Jerry: Not really other than the In Dash options. XM has the Direct2 which complicates things a little.

Josh:How much would In Dash SIRIUS Cost?

Jerry: About the same unless it is a labor intensive vehicle, which we would know beforehand.

Josh:How long would it take to install In Dash SIRIUS Radio?

Jerry: About an Hour

Josh: Do you guys install on Semi-Trucks?

Jerry: Of course, we just had a Semi-Truck come through recently and got setup really nice.

Josh: Do Semis pose more problems than cars?

Jerry: Not really, they are bigger vehicles so other than their size, no.

Josh:Do boats pose any challenges for you?

Jerry: As long as you can get it here, we can install on it.

Josh: And last but not least, What do you think of the SIRIUS Connect Vehicle Kit SCVDOC1?

Jerry: We don’t like it. It’s just hard to explain to customer what advantages it offers over the dedicated tuners. Some people like it, but these people researched it and know what it is and what it does.

I would add some more photos in here for you to see, but you have to check out their website to really appreciate the quality they put into each vehicle, Check out their Photo Gallery

Showtime Audio has won awards for their quality work, you can see all their accomplishments HERE
They can take your dream and bring it to reality- their customer service is superior and the quality is showstopping.



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6 Block Radius of TSS-Radio

Monday, June 29th, 2009
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TSS-Radio is located in a fascinating area of Chicago and we wanted to give you an idea of the contrasting areas that surround us.

In honor of our friends who started, a TV Show geared towards travel destinations within 6 hours drive of Chicago we wanted to do the same thing in a roughly 6 Block Radius of TSS-Radio. We are on the border of Wicker Park/Bucktown as well as Lincoln Park in Chicago. So here is our neighborhood from Industrial to Retail to a variety of Homes.


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Current Weather at TSS-Radio

Friday, June 19th, 2009
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Look at some pics of the incoming storm:

More to come….maybe……..

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New Whole Foods Market in Chicago!

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009
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Just thought I would show everyone a new store that literally just sprouted up here in TSS-Radio’s neighborhood.  We always had a Whole Foods on North Ave , within walking distance of TSS-Radio, but now we get to bask in the glory of the New-Huge store they put up. I took a trip over there for lunch today and all I got was a can of all natural juice drink, I would have gotten food, if I had been able to get to it. There was a ton of people there. Wall to Wall people lined up during the lunch hour to partake in the Grand Opening of the new Whole Foods Market.  I plan on taking more photos of the inside to show everyone how cool it looks and more importantly how the food tastes.

I’ll keep you posted on the development of this story!

Whole Foods UPDATE! 

Hi, this is Tish. I was able to make it over to the new Whole Foods Market to check it out and take some photos! First of all, Josh isn’t exaggerating about this place being huge! Through a quick Google, we found out that this is the 3rd largest Whole Foods in the world, coming in at a massive 75,000 sq. ft.! There are 3 levels, an attached parking garage, a full food court, a wine and cheese bar, a bar with micro brews and local beers on tap, fresh nut butter grinders, a trail mix bar, plus all the other departments of Whole Foods bigger and better than ever. It’s like a grocery store mall! This is gonna make lunch time at TSS Radio so much more exciting! 

Anyways, here are some photos I was able to take through the mass of customers and  employees. 

View of the produce section, flower area, and bar from the escalators coming from the parking garage.

View of the produce section, flower area, and bar coming in from the parking garage.

In the produce section

In the produce section. Notice the "street" signs! This place is gigantic.

Another shot of the wine area. Who says Whole Foods is too expensive? Bottles of wine for $6.99

Another shot of the wine area. Who says Whole Foods is too expensive? Bottles of wine for $6.99

Prepared food area. They aren't pictured, but there's a sub shop, pizza stand, taqueria, diner, smokehouse, and noodle shop in the food court!

Prepared food area. They aren't pictured, but the street signs point you to the taqueria, diner, sub shop, and other food court offerings. You can also see the 2nd floor seating area.

It's hard to see, but this is the wine and cheese bar. There's seating behind the service area.

It's hard to see, but this is the wine and cheese bar. There's seating behind the service area.

Looking down on the bar

Looking down on the bar


Live plants and more produce out front

Live plants and more produce out front


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Photos from the Detroit Auto Show

Monday, January 19th, 2009
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Here are a few Highlights of my trip to the Detroit Auto Show:

The Audi Display

A look into the Hyundai hybrid system “Blue Drive”

A Plug in electric SMART

A new Lincoln concept

The Dodge Circuit

A look at the Lotus display

VW had an interestingly designed display

Hybrid Sierra

All of my trips photos can be seen here:

Detroit Auto Show 2009 | Facebook

Auto Show part II | Facebook

Auto Show part III | Facebook

Auto Show part IV | Facebook

Auto Show part V | Facebook

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Live from the Detroit Auto Show

Sunday, January 18th, 2009
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I’m here finally!

Ok, First up, right off the bat the Audi setup is eye catching. All Bright white cars and the R8 5.2 FSi.  Also from Audi is the R10 TDI displayed behind glass. Next I’m headed over to Smart and Mercedes, I’ll keep you posted on how those are! Check Back Soon!

The Mercedes site was full of sedans and the prized McLaren, which the kept well behind glass, sadly. Smart had a very informative booth that was very approachable with questions. Smart also displayed a plug-in electric vehicle, which seems to be big hit, telling by the crowd of people surrounding it. I passed through the Ford, Lincoln and Honda lines and I did not see too much other than a concept Lincoln sedan with a Euro inspired interior, and a variety of hybrid Fords. Ford did have an all black Bullitt Mustang with “simulated” brushed steel dash panels, a true hot rod!. I have some great photos I will share tomorrow, but as for now on to GM, Chrysler, and Dodge!.

GM brought the full house and took a pretty big chunk of the showroom floor. The GM section has slightly partitioned off from the others and it really gave me a sense of being at a GM only show while I was in there. They had several of their new models out on rotating display with speakers giving presentations on them every few minutes. Chevy really showed up big at the Auto Show, with additions to their lineup and improvements to the old standbys, they really did make a full effort to display their “greener” side.Chevy brought out models like the Chevy Beat, a small sub-compact and the Chevy Cruze, a standard mid size.

GM had out several Hybrids including Sierra, Yukon and Escalade. Hummer also had their New H3T on display. Pontiac also showed off their new G8 GXP, a sport inspired Sedan. Chevy also had on a large display for its Volt, plug in electric car. The Volt can go 40 miles on a single battery charge and then swtich over to a 4 cyl electric generator, extending it’s range. A single charge can be done in about 8hrs on a  110v outlet and only 3hrs on 220v outlet. The Volt seemed to be a crowd favorate and many people stood to hear the whole presentation and ask questions.

After Leaving GM, I walked straight into heaven….I mean the Chrysler Dodge Jeep display. They had a simple setup, but had a massive amount of square footage. It looked like they really wanted people to be able to have plenty of space to check out every single model on the floor. There was no big fancy display(most of the Automakers display were more informative than flashy, information seemed to be the common theme throughout) they just let the cars do the talking and let everyone get hands on with them even the Viper.  Dodge had the Circuit and the new ENVI hybrid series on display.

More to come……..check back soon……..

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We are Hustlers

Friday, January 16th, 2009
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This morning I was hit by a really excellent blog post entitled Work Smarter and Harder from another Chicago entrepreneur, Jeffrey Kalmikoff from Threadless about how he views his work/life balance.

What became very clear to me is that there are two distinct types of entrepreneurs: hustlers and lifestylers. Me? I’m a hustler (aww, yeah!). I escape 9-5 by working 8 to 8. I work weekends. When I’m not working, I’m thinking about work. Sound bad? Maybe we have different ideas of what work is. Work has no negative connotations to me. It’s equally rewarding as it is inspiring; equally exciting as it is relaxing. I always have my eye on the prize: making things better all the time for our company, for our community and for our customers. It’s not that I have no life, hustlers are expert life-multitaskers. They recognize that ideas or opportunities can arise at any time, and they’re always prepared. Ever seen Gary Vaynerchuk speak or watch WLTV? Hustler. Ever notice how Mark Ecko always has 100 things going on at a time? Hustler. Hustlers work smarter and harder.

That’s how Taylor and I feel about this business.  Thanks for putting it so clearly @fancyjeffrey.

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Editorial:Inteview with Matt from TSS-Radio

Saturday, October 25th, 2008
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Continuing my series of interviews, next up is Matt from TSS-Radio, a valued member of our staff and local comedian.

Josh:When did you get into satellite radio or electronics?
Matt:I have been into electronics all of my life. My grandfather was one of the first people to bring Pioneer electronics to America and helped make them a household name. So I was born into the home and car electronics business. I got into Sirius when I worked at a retail store that played it all day long.

Josh:If you could add one feature to the Stiletto 2 what would it be?
Matt:I love the Stiletto 2 the way it is. I mean, it would be great if a little arms popped out of the top and wiped my nose when I sneezed, but other than that I like it the way it is.

Josh:Who is your favorite Sirius or Xm celebrity or personality?
Matt:Jim Brewer is great. I listen to his show a bunch and I love hearing him talk about his days at SNL.

Josh:Do you have any tips or tricks for people that own sirius or satellite radio?
Matt:Yep, save your receipts for tax time. And not just your Sirius stuff, but all receipts. You never know what could be deductible!

 Josh:Now you and Jamie both have a pretty good comedy career here, do you guys ever think about collaborating?
Matt:Nope, Jamie and I don’t see eye to eye. And it’s not on just comedy stuff, it’s normal stuff. The other day we got into an argument about a certain brand of beer. I said it I drank it because it was less filling but he insisted that he drank it because it taste great. We almost got into a fist fight. I guess I am trying to say that most comedy duos are supposed to go together like peas and carrots.

Josh:What’s the best thing about working for TSS Radio?
Matt:Well, there are a lot of things really. We are a small company, we have some fun employees, and our owners really care about making the customer happy. It’s cool to work for an honest company.

Next week will be a surprise guest, but you must wait til then. Also next week will be giving away a prize, so be sure to tune in!

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